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Get Shorty (1995)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 20, 1995
DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 3, 1997
• R2: 1 Feb 2000

Budget $30,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language and some violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 45 minutes

Country USA

Studio MGM/United Artists

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Other Titles
• Get Shorty
• Schnappt Shorty (1996)

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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Comedy, Gangsters, Showbiz, Hollywood, Satire, Scams And Cons, Suspense, Betrayal, Cult Classic, Murder, Black Comedy

Tagline: Attitude Plays a Part.

Plot: This slick adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1990 novel features John Travolta as Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark who's been sent to L.A. to collect on a bad debt from trash movie producer Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), the maker of the stunning flops "Grotesque" and "Slime People." But this is Harry's lucky day, because Chili is also a film buff, and when he’s done talking tough he starts pitching Harry a script idea. As everyone knows, the best background for the motion picture industry is the criminal underworld, and Chili is smoothly launched into the life of a producer: romancing a B-movie scream queen, schmoozing superstars, getting reservations in the hottest restaurants in town. However, Chili's not the only mobster wanting to turn producer. It seems that a thug named Bo Catlett (Delroy Lindo), another of Harry's lenders, also wants a piece of the action. Add in a group of angry drug smugglers and there is an abundance of double- and triple-crosses, as well as plenty of wisecracks and Hollywood insider jokes. GET SHORTY crosses the line of life imitating art--and vice versa--many times, including the real Ernest "Chili" Palmer (on whom the character is based) playing a Mafia henchman. Barry Sonnenfeld's entertaining romp is a wild look at the celebrity life in Hollywood,

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 Directed by
Barry Sonnenfeld
Men in Black, Men in Black II, Wild Wild West
 Written by
Elmore Leonard
Jackie Brown, Out of Sight, Be Cool
Scott Frank
Minority Report, Out of Sight, Dead Again
John Travolta
Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, The Thin Red Line
Gene Hackman
The Royal Tenenbaums, Unforgiven, Enemy of the State
Rene Russo
Ransom, Lethal Weapon 4, The Thomas Crown Affair
Danny DeVito
L.A. Confidential, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Big Fish
Dennis Farina
Saving Private Ryan, Snatch., Out of Sight
Delroy Lindo
Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Cider House Rules, Ransom
James Gandolfini
True Romance, 8MM, The Man Who Wasn't There
 Music By
John Lurie
Excess Baggage, Clay Pigeons, Mystery Train
Mark Sandman
Spanking the Monkey, Just Your Luck

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